Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 16, 2002
Prospects for Electronic Democracy
More than two dozen scholars and e-democracy practitioners from four countries will assemble at Carnegie Mellon University on September 20-21, 2002, to assess how the growth of electronic networks is likely to shape the future of democracy.

Discovery could bring widespread uses for 'nanocrystals'
Researchers at Purdue University have made a surprising discovery that could open up numerous applications for metal

URI oceanographers study effects of harmful blooms and red tides on Narragansett Bay
URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) biological oceanographers Ted Smayda and David Borkman have received a $131,800 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to analyze the dynamics, variability, and patterns of harmful blooms and red tides in Narragansett Bay.

Telephone, mail reminders serve as effective mammography motivators
Women who receive personalized messages by telephone and by mail may be more likely to get mammography screening, a new study shows.

When moms smoke, certain kids are more vulnerable
Certain children appear especially susceptible to respiratory problems if their mothers smoked during their pregnancy, according to preventive medicine researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

In family retirement decisions, husbands expect to work longer than wives
The decision to retire is increasingly becoming a family decision, but husbands maintain a stronger attachment to the work force than wives, researchers say.

Alcohol use, thrill-seeking prove bad mix for HIV-positive men
HIV-positive men who seek new experiences and think alcohol improves sex are more likely to have unprotected sex, according to a new study.

Caring for children with emotional disorders grows increasingly stressful over time
Growing up in a dysfunctional family can have a damaging effect on the psychological health of children.

Scientists invade Chicago
Calumet is known for industry, waste dumps and abandoned steel mills - not biodiversity.
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